Mid-Century Modern Car Washes (page 3)

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Five Points Hand Car Wash
Whittier, CA

2012 and 2013:


The Five Points Hand Car Wash was built in 1963. The sign originally revolved. The concave fins are another frequently used design (see other examples below). The car wash closed in 2017. In 2019, it reopened as the Googie Car Wash. [map]

Lennox Car Wash
Lennox, CA
2013: 2014:
The Lennox Car Wash was built in 1963. It was repainted in 2014. [map]

South Gate Car Wash [gone]
South Gate, CA
Cypress Street Auto Wash
Redding, CA
The South Gate Car Wash was built in 1964. The building had the same style sign as the Lennox Car Wash but the fins are a different shape. The place was demolished in 2015.

The fins at the Cypress Street Auto Wash were previously painted red. [map]

Azusa Hand Car Wash
Azusa, CA
2008: 2020:
The fins of the Azusa Hand Car Wash were painted light blue in 2001. Apparently, the shield signs were removed. For more, see this website. [map]

Magic Minute Car Wash
Los Angeles, CA
2013: 2017:
The Magic Minute Car Wash was built in 1964. I have not seen any other car washes with hoops like this other than this one and the one shown immediately below. In 2015, this building was painted lime green. [map]

Circle Marina Hand Car Wash
Long Beach, CA
The Circle Marina Hand Car Wash appears to be from the 1960s. This arch design is a match for the car wash in Los Angeles shown directly above. [map]

Redwood City Car Wash
Redwood City, CA
2008: 2014:
The Redwood City Car Wash is another example of the concave fin style. The Mels Bowl sign has been moved to this location. [map]

San Leandro Car Wash
San Leandro, CA
Hacienda Car Wash [gone]
Hacienda Heights, CA
The San Leandro Car Wash is one more example of the concave fin type. There was another car wash in San Leandro from this era which has been demolished. [map]

The sign letters for the Hacienda Car Wash were installed high enough on the fins to be visible from Hacienda Boulevard. However, trees and other development nearly obscured the view. The car wash was demolished in 2018.

Slauson Car Wash
Los Angeles, CA
Rosecrans King Car Wash
Gardena, CA
The Slauson Car Wash has the same style signs as those shown above but with hook-like fins. [map]

The Rosecrans King Car Wash was built around 1962. The signs on the front of the building have been removed. The pole signs panels were replaced sometime between the photos taken above in 2008 and 2013. [map]

Nu-Way Hand Car Wash
Monrovia, CA
Norwalk Car Wash
Norwalk, CA
The Nu-Way Hand Car Wash and the Norwalk Car Wash feature the same hook-like fins like those locations in the row above. [Nu-Way map]; [Norwalk map]

Bel-Comp Car Wash
Bellflower, CA
Hollywood Riviera Car Wash
Redondo Beach, CA
The Bel-Comp Car Wash is another example of the hook-fin type shown above. [map]

The Hollywood Riviera Car Wash was built in 1976. [map]

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